Uterine prolapse is when the uterus has fallen or sunk from its normal location. The result is the uterus bulges into the vagina. It may even projects outside the vagina. Associated with prolapse of the uterus may be urethrocele, where the urethra bulges along the front wall of the vagina and cystocele, where the bladder bulges along the front wall of the vagina and rectocele, where the rectal wall bulges into back wall of vagina.
Causes of Uterine Prolapse
Cause of prolapse occurs when muscles and ligaments at the base of the abdomen become extremely stretched. Often as a result of childbirth or aging.
Signs and Symptoms of Uterine Prolapse
Symptoms include: lump in front or back of the vagina, lump that projects outside of the vagina, vague discomfort in the pelvic region, backache that worsens with lifting, discomfort with urinating, occasional stress incontinence, difficulty in moving bowels, and pain with sexual intercourse.
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Medical Content Last Updated on 07/12/2008
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